How to plan a safari to Kenya? – The process of planning and booking a safari to Kenya can be daunting. This is why, when it comes to time to plan your trip you have to decide which experts to help you plan your trip very well as the logistics are understandably complicated. You have to make sure you know which airport do you fly into; the time of year is best for each destination, how many days you should go for your safari in Kenya. Read more about the number of days you need on Makai Mara safari
One of the most difficult aspects of planning your safari to Kenya is choosing which camp to stay at during your safari. They truly run the gamut from posh five-star lodges and camps to rugged tented retreats.
So you are dreaming about seeing wildlife in Kenya on safari holidays. Here are some ideas for making your travel planning easier and making sure you see the best of Kenya wildlife, including the big five.
How to plan a safari to Kenya? – The best time for your safari visit to Kenya sometimes depends on the purpose of your trip. If it’s seeing a wildebeest migration in Masai Mara National Reserve when these animals cross the Mara River, the answer is very clear: this famous spectacle takes place between late July, early August, and the end of November. Though that is not 100% predictable, the concentration of animals in Masai Mara National Reserve in this period is usually higher. Read more about when to visit Masai Mara
The same applies to the number of visitors and the prices of tours and accommodation. If you are in for general game viewing, then you have other options as well. Great Adventure Safaris would not recommend the months of April and May when the ‘long rains’ take place. For example, there was quite a significant flood in many places in Kenya in April and May, so we would suggest avoiding these months. Another visiting time we recommend is November.
On your arrival in Nairobi Kenya, you will most likely spend a few nights there at the beginning and the end of your trip. If you stay in Nairobi not only at night but also in the daytime, there is just one piece of advice for you: book your stay in the Karen area because most things worth seeing in Nairobi are located there. Also, the area itself is quite picturesque. Another useful thing to know is that person meeting you with your name sign might stand not inside but outside of the arrivals terminal.
Everyone visiting Kenya for a wildlife safari would want to see the big five game animals which are the Lion, Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant, and Cape buffalo. It’s also worth considering places where they have both: animals and landscape. Even though almost any tour operator may promise to see all the big five in almost all places, with wildlife experience it was not like this, and with the game, we always go by what nature has to offer at a particular time of the game safari.
Masai Mara National Reserve is the first thing that comes to mind when you think about a wildlife safari to Kenya, and most likely it is because of the wildebeest migration. It’s also worth visiting at other times. If you travel by road, a one-way trip takes about 6 hours so you will need 3 days and 2 nights for the trip to have one full day of the game drives. If you have more time on safari Great Adventure Safaris strongly suggests adding Lake Nakuru National Park to your itinerary because Kenya’s first Rhino Sanctuary is found in this National Park.
Lake Nakuru National Park has more than 40 black Rhinoceros, one of the largest concentrations in the country, plus around 80 white Rhinos. It is said that flamingos that left Lake Nakuru due to a decrease of algae, their main source of food, are now starting to return to the Lake. There are other bird species and animals to see there as well. So with Lake Nakuru National Park added to your itinerary, it will make 3 nights and 4 days altogether. You can as well visit Amboseli National Park for more chances of viewing big herds of Elephants and this National Park is worth it because of its tree-climbing lions and Mount Kilimanjaro views.
Most of Kenya is quite high above sea level; the altitude makes the temperature pleasant, while the nights are cool. In the daytime, the highest it may get is up to plus 30 degrees Celsius, but at night it can drop to almost 10 degrees Celsius. So you will need warm clothes for that. You are not allowed to get out of the vehicles in most places during a safari, don’t worry so much about wearing safari colors because animals will not see your clothes anyway. Understand more about what to wear on safari
If you have to change the lens for close-ups, better take another camera or phone with a good camera. In most cases, you will not have the time to change the lens because animals move too quickly. You might also need some extra camera batteries if you choose to take a full-day game drive.
Nairobi is malaria-free and at times you may not see many mosquitos in other places, but it’s a must to carry a repellent just in case.
You will not look into the camera with zoom all the time and binoculars are recommended as well and a hat for sun protection.
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